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Beggars Banquet and the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Revolution: 'They Call My Name Disturbance'

Russell Reising



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09 December 2019
Theory of music & musicology; 20th century & contemporary classical music; Individual composers & musicians, bands & groups; Popular culture
The Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet is one of the seminal albums in rock history. Arguably it not only marks the advent of the 'mature' sound of the Rolling Stones but lays out a new blueprint for an approach to blues-based rock music that would endure for several decades. From its title to the dark themes that pervade some of its songs, Beggars Banquet reflected and helped define a moment marked by violence, decay, and upheaval. It marked a move away from the artistic sonic flourishes of psychedelic rock towards an embrace of foundational streams of American music - blues, country - that had always underpinned the music of the Stones but assumed new primacy in their music after 1968. This move coincided with, and anticipated, the 'roots' moves that many leading popular music artists made as the 1960s turned toward a new decade; but unlike many of their peers whose music grew more 'soft' and subdued as they embraced traditional styles, the music and attitude of the Stones only grew harder and more menacing, and their status as representatives of the dark underside of the 60s rock counterculture assumed new solidity. For the Rolling Stones, the 1960s ended and the 1970s began with the release of this album in 1968.
Edited by:   Russell Reising
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   572g
ISBN:   9781138304758
ISBN 10:   1138304751
Series:   Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   09 December 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Russell Reising is Professor of American Culture and Asian Studies, University of Toledo, Ohio

Reviews for Beggars Banquet and the Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Revolution: 'They Call My Name Disturbance'

The book's strength is the astonishingly broad palette of disciplines it covers. Some chapters focus on the individual players (including the sidemen and producers) or concentrate on the analysis of a single song (including rare b-sides) while others deal with larger topics such as sexuality, ethics, psychedelia, disability, production techniques, or the staging of live performances. For such a panopticon, a good structure is needed and the editor really did his best to create a convincing 'set list'. It all holds together by concentrating on Beggars Banquet, the LP with which the band reinvented themselves and found their style for the decades to come. 50 years later, this is the book such a musical milestone deserves! Dr Ralf von Appen, Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen, Germany

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